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Emery Calame
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Film and TV character actor who passed away at 63 today.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/stephen-furst-dead-ani mal-house-st-actor-was-81-1014483

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Sorry to hear. Too young!
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Anthony J Lombardi
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Rest in Peace Flounder
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Sad.

This is an example of someone dying who is not thought of as a potential "next on the list". Glenne Headley was another. Roger Moore and Adam West, while sad surprises, did not have the same shock effect. They'd "had good runs". But the early sixties seem much too young. (Especially to someone in his late 60s!)

There's an old saying to the effect that no matter how long we live, we all get the same: our whole life. We just tend to think a "whole life" is, by definition, longer, but no one is guaranteed a time. (Something that occurred to me in my teens is that no matter who we are, and how long we live, we all end up just as dead. It's the one thing everything in the Universe has in common.)

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I've presented this philosophical question to friends and myself: "If you could know the date you will die (just the date, no circumstances), would you want to know?"

I struggle with the answer to that one. I mean, if I was to know that I'd make it at least 80, I'd probably be cool with it. But what if it was under 50? That would be very hard to live with. With that risk, I guess I lean towards not knowing.
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John Byrne
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My father was 90 when he died. That seems like "a good run", but when I hit 65 I realized it was only 25 years away, or the time since I turned 40. Which was about eight minutes ago.

I don't think I'd want to know the day of my death. It might focus my mind, but I suspect I'd also feel pressured! So much to do, and only this much time!

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Marc Foxx
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 John Byrne wrote:
There's an old saying to the effect
that no matter how long we live, we all get the same:
our whole life. We just tend to think a "whole life"
is, by definition, longer, but no one is guaranteed a
time. (Something that occurred to me in my teens is
that no matter who we are, and how long we live, we
all end up just as dead. It's the one thing everything
in the Universe has in common.)


Reminds me of the line from Beckett's WAITING FOR
GODOT, "They give birth astride of a grave, the light
gleams an instant, then it's night once more..."

Always a fan of Furst's work, from ANIMAL HOUSE and
ST. ELSEWHERE to, well, just about anything. RIP.
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Jason Scott
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Damn. That's so sad.

Strikes me as well that this is now yet another member of the Babylon 5 cast dying at a relatively young age.
I remember back in the mid 90es the very first convention I ever went to in the UK was a B5 one which had the full cast there. And now when I look at my Season 1 signed cast photo, it's absolutely tragic how many are no longer with us. We lost Richard Biggs in 2004 at just 44 years of age. Andreas Katsulas in 2006 at 59. Michael O'Hare at age 60 in 2012. Jerry Doyle last year also at 60, and now Stephen at 63.

That's a horribly morbid record for a show that doesn't seem all that long ago. They now have about the same amount of main cast still around as the original Star Trek from the 1960es despite being on our screens about three decades later.

Just goes to show you, how you really can't take the thought of getting to live a long life for granted at all.

But getting back to Stephen I only met him in person very briefly, (as these things tend to go) but he seemed like a lovely man. And his talk that weekend was incredibly funny and full of energy.

R.I.P Mr Furst. I hope you're having fun with your old colleagues in the great beyond!
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RIP
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My best buddy and I still quote Furst's cheery delivery of "Hel-ooooooo!" from ANIMAL HOUSE--Flounder being one of the very best characters from that particular movie.

RIP



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